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So many beautiful readers contributed their lessons, wisdom, struggles, and hopes after having dealt with grief and loss. Many of us are still on that path, and will forever be.
This is a place where we're not afraid to share what we feel and how we cope.
Your insightful contributions will become part of my book of grief affirmations that I'm currently piecing together and am so excited to share with all of you, when that time comes.
This week, I thought I'd share with the whole community some of the words my inbox was blessed with.
Whatever it is that forced you to grow (whatever "growth" means to you), may these grief affirmations be an inspiration and a comfort as you continue to move forward, and inward.
These are your words, after all.
I just strung them together into something new.
See how beautiful things can be when we come together?
Grief Affirmations for Self-Healing and Doing the Inner Work
1. Through this pain I have learned that I am worth trying for.
I am the child of all my ancestors and I, too, can come through the most heartbreaking things. I take pride in my scars and I am not ashamed of my tears. I can own my mistakes and turn even those into gifts. It hasn’t been easy but I’m still here and I still wake up every morning with a breath inside of me.
2. I have the time to embrace the good things in life and to make a difference in someone else’s life.
My purpose now is to move from darkness into light, to strengthen my nerve and to soften my heart. I do this in the small everyday moments that I no longer let pass me by. I do this every time I choose to love instead of judge and to appreciate the beauty that’s still around me. I choose to live my life in such a way that others feel they are better off for having known me.
3. I am coming home to myself.
I am more willing now than ever before to respect my needs and my boundaries. I am coming to trust my instincts and to listen and to be still. I have learned not to hide what is in my heart. I know now that I am the one who needs my love and approval.
4. I give myself the freedom to find comfort in this new life.
My inner peace doesn’t depend on the things I can’t control. Grief has taught me that I am strong enough to face whatever comes my way. I found I am lighter when I let go of what’s not mine to carry. I am better when I embrace the flow of my life. Grief has made my heart bigger than it used to be — I can feel more and give more, and I can be free on my own terms.
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Tell me something:
Which of these affirmations speaks to your experience?
What would you say to someone else who was grieving?
What could you say to yourself when you're having a hard time?
Tell me in the comments. Everything you share helps me personally, and inspires what I write about next... like that book.